The Cage is You
(Written April 28, 2011)
Carry the weight of unforgiveness
The burden is heavy and cumbersome, but you deserve it
Lug it around with you wherever you go!
Let it affect all your moves and determine your moods
Your destiny—your purpose unfulfilled
But it’s not your fault that you aren’t full
How could you let go of such an important event?
It shaped you, molded you and now it holds you
But you deserve it
They owe you! How could you go free from it?
It’s not your fault
You never asked for the unhappiness; it’s just what was given
Without request it came
But you are not to blame
Pain was dealt to you, a result of someone else’s deed
How could you let that go?
It’s part of you. It was given, now you accept your fate
But they didn’t give you the anger. That’s yours
The darkness that blocks the light? You keep it there
Resentment? It takes it’s share and more!
That was born afterward, your child and yours alone
They planted the seed! But you let it grow
The numbness? Yours.
The hiding? Your game alone
“I need it” you say, but you don’t
“I have to” echoes but that’s actually not true either
“But you don’t understand!” Don’t I?
I wish I didn’t but I sure do!
Here, let me see what you hold in your hands
Bitterness-it takes up a lot of room
Hate, jealousy—none of that was bestowed upon you
You adopted it yourself—willingly
“You mean I can let it go?” Yes
“It’s that easy?” No, never. But that simple, yes
What was put upon you is a shame
But now you hold all this other captive
Drag it around as if it was a blanket for the impending bitter cold
“I am to blame.” For this? Yes, you are actually.
For that disservice; for that ugly act
For the lack of love; the disdain
For a theft – a violent burst
For this you have given your life, taken the shame
Tied to the event; chained
But you have the key
It’s right there in your hand!
Open it and it will flee
The cage is you
Let it go
There will be scars—a reminder or two
But that’s not your fate—they were wrong
You’ve been lied to
You had your reasons
But now they’re gone
They’ve left you alone
The chains are not locked—you’re holding on to them!
Pry your hands loose, you will see
Open yourself and self will be free